I have crappy writing habits – and I’m okay with that

Hello everyone! As of this moment, I don’t have anything new to read and, unfortunately, I’m a cheapskate who doesn’t want to buy any books right now. I can hear the e-readers saying “But just get an e-book! They are so much cheaper!” Well, I’m old-fashioned and I can’t bring myself to invest in any electronic versions of books. Back to the subject, I want to talk about my personal writing habits that may make my fellow writers cringe to death or you might say “yeah same.” I’m also going to talk about the bad habits I’ve embraced and the ones I want to change.

My first crappy writing habit is that I don’t plan any of my stories ahead of actually writing them. I’ve seen all these “worksheet” type things on Pinterest that are meant to help you really get the details of your story straight and flesh out your characters. I’ve known people who have created entire maps for their fictional worlds. I am proud to say that I don’t do any of that. Sometimes, I can’t even pick my character’s name right away. I’ve changed pronouns midway through a story because I couldn’t decide on the character’s gender. Settings and time periods mean nothing to me until I feel like its important (which might not be until after the first chapter). Every time I tried to map out a story ahead of time, I ended up feeling discouraged because then I feel as though I’ve put too much work into something I don’t even like anymore. Feel free to call me lazy but I am proud of my spontaneous planning.

My second crappy writing habit is I can have a difficult time committing to my stories. I don’t even like some of the stuff I write. One of the most common piece of advice for writers is “The only obligation you have is to love your story.” Guess what? I don’t always like what I’ve written. I’ve thrown away entire stories just because I got fed up or even bored. On one hand, it is very liberating because I don’t have to commit to something I don’t have confidence in. On the other hand, it makes me feel bad because maybe I could have fixed it but I didn’t even want to look at it again. I’ve been doing my best to try to work on my stories, rather than just throw them away when I feel like it. I’ve been pretty good at it too. Some of my ideas just need a little more tweaking.

This next writing habit I’m going to talk about is probably the one I want to change the most. My third crappy writing habit is that I hate sharing my stories. I am horribly self-conscious about what I write and I panic at the thought of having to share my ideas. They sound great in my head but I find myself having a cringe attack when other people read them. As you can imagine, my Fiction Writing I class was absolute hell. But, that class kind of sucked regardless. Anyways, I am trying my best to become more confident about my writing. I am perfectly capable of handling critiques when it comes to my technical writing (i.e. essays) but when it comes to prose I can’t stand it. This one will take a while to break but I am determined to be confident.

What I’m trying to get at here is that there is no way to be a good writer. Every writer has their own style and process that they have honed over the years. You know what they say: it isn’t stupid if it works. You are a writer regardless of what you write, when you write, and how you write. Don’t be afraid to change, either. Keep going and I guarantee that you will find that one story that you fall in love with.

PS: I’ve found a really good writing app called Werdsmith. It’s free and it has been a really good writing tool for me. Check it out if you want.

Some Thoughts, TBR List,and Plans for this Blog

Hi everyone! I’m back at school and I have the day off due to Martin Luther King Jr day so I decided to do a little ramble, if you don’t mind. I’m not expecting a ton of you to be terribly interested in this but if you stick around to read this then I appreciate it. For starters, I’m pleased to say that I’ll have much more time to do some leisure reading as I don’t have any required novel reading this semester. I have a lot of really awesome opportunities coming up and I am beyond excited. I’m even considering doing posts about these things but I am still on the fence. Privacy is very important to me, as it is to you but I might be opening up a bit more about myself as posts I have done about that in the past have seem to have gotten very good reception.

As for other blog posts, I’m going to experiment with other reviews. I’m a big movie fan so I would like to do movies reviews and see how that goes. Also, I’m considering doing a big series where I re-read series that I used to be especially obsessed with give my thoughts on them as an adult. Some of the series I want to re-read are the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series, The Mortal Instruments series, and the Hunger Games series. Those are (almost) the complete YA series I own. I also really wanted to kick off my Bad Fan Fiction Friday series. I did a previous blog post with more detail but the abbreviated version is that I want you guys to send me bad fan fiction and I will do a semi-serious analysis of it. I think it would be really funny and interesting. I also might do some other non-book related posts but I don’t have any specific ideas at this moment. Let me know if you have any ideas that you would like to see.

Let’s get to the TBR list. I actually went through a bunch of various posts from all of you and compiled all of your favorite books into my own list of novels I want to read now. So I have to give a big shout out to all of my fellow bookworms for giving me the ideas. I currently have eighteen (!) books I’m hoping to read in this year alone. I might post this list in a separate post along with a very honest DNF list.

Thank you so much for reading this post if you decided to stick around to the end. You can look forward to two book reviews coming up soon. In the meanwhile, I hope you stay warm and live your best lives.

 

Updates and a Mini Christmas Haul

Hello everyone! I hope you all had some really enjoyable holidays. Maybe some of you are still celebrating those extended family Christmases or you escaped from the snow for the time being. Regardless, I thought I would brag a little about my Christmas and you can brag back in the comments.

Surprisingly, I did not get any new books for Christmas. I did, however, receive a new copy of a complete Edgar Allan Poe collection and Sherlock Holmes collection. The two new books I got were a collection of Steampunk stories and a collection of short murder mysteries. I did get Christmas money so I will definitely be getting myself some new books.

As for non-book items, I did get an Apple watch which I ended up loving more than I thought I would. I also got a new slew of Harry Potter items, including a hand-made pillow (thanks Mom), a Snitch necklace, and a Ravenclaw storage box. I got a Walking Dead dice game and a Lucille mug. I finally got some Stranger Things merch. Bonus: my sister got me a set of beaker shot glasses and a nerdy cocktail book. Forgive me for not posting pictures because that’s just doing too much. I would love to hear about your awesome Christmas hauls or maybe share what present you gave this year that you were most proud of.

I hope you didn’t mind my bragging. I’m looking forward to a new year with many new books to review. I can’t wait to read your reviews as well. Have a wonderful new year!

My Favorites of 2017

Hello all! So my finals weeks has ended and I will be home tomorrow. Overall, it felt like a successful week, even though it felt as though Kent State was out to get me with my finals schedule. Regardless, I am feeling incredibly relieved and decided to celebrate some of the ups I experienced in 2017. I won’t just be sharing books but I will also be tell you about my favorite movies, songs, podcasts, and even some of my favorite memories of this year. I hope you enjoy.

Favorite Books: 

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Artemis by Andy Weir
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher

Favorite Movies: 

  • Wonder Woman
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Spiderman: Homecoming
  • Baby Driver
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Logan
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (I technically haven’t seen it yet but I know I’m going to love it)

Favorite TV Shows: 

  • Stranger Things: Season 2
  • Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1
  • Gotham: Season 4
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1
  • Crisis on Earth X (Second Crossover between Supergirl, Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. I love all of these shows so I’m just listing the crossover)
  • Supernatural: Season 13
  • Lucifer: Season 3

Favorite Albums/Songs: 

  • “Zombies on Broadway,” Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (album)
  • Human by Rag n’ Bone Man (song)
  • “+” Ed Sheeran (album)
  • “After Laughter,” Paramore (album)
  • “One More Light,” Linkin Park (album)
  • New Rules by Dua Lipa (song)
  • “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” Halsey (album)
  • Wolves by Rise Against (song)
  • “Lust for Life,” Lana Del Rey (album)
  • “Evolve,” Imagine Dragons (album)
  • “Melodrama,” Lorde (album)
  • Darkside by Ty Dolla $ign, Future, Kiiara (song)
  • Drive You Mad by Amy Shark (song)
  • Find Me by Sigma feat. Birdie
  • Hold Me Tight or Don’t by Fall Out Boy (song)
  • World Gone Mad by Bastille (song)

Favorite Podcasts: 

  • Alice Isn’t Dead
  • Small Town Murder
  • The Hilarious World of Depression
  • Lore
  • Steal the Stars

Favorite Classes I Took This Semester: 

  • Colloquium: Roman Decadence
  • Literature for Young Adults
  • British Literature from 1800-1900
  • Cicero

Favorite Moments/Milestones: 

  • Turning 21
  • Getting my Driver’s License
  • Having my First Internship Interview
  • Going to Kent’s Potter Fest
  • Starting this Blog

That’s all I have for 2017. Let’s hope to making even more good memories in 2018.

Be Prepared for a Semi-Hiatus

Hello all! I just wanted to give you a quick heads up. You may not be seeing my reviews that regularly as December rolls on. For starters, I don’t really have anything to review at the moment and I’m anxiously waiting to see what books I might get for Christmas. I might even do a post about my Christmas book haul. The next thing is that I’m about to run a gauntlet of finals because my schedule is crazy this time around. Afterwards, I’m going to need a break.

I also wanted to take your attention to my previous post regard my idea for Bad Fan Fiction Fridays. I really want to do a regular blog series and I think this would be a hilarious and interactive way to do so. I outlined my ideas so you can check out my previous post for that. I also wanted to give a shout out to mistybookspace for tweeting out my post. To summarize my idea, I want to have you guys send me a variety of bad fan fiction from across the internet and I will do an in-depth review of one every Friday. I really hope that this takes off because it would be so much fun.

Anyways, thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope the holidays are good for you and that you feel confident that 2018 will be fantastic because you are going to succeed.

Quotes to Consider

Hello everybody. I am back at college and already feeling the pressures of upcoming projects and finals week. Some of you may be stressed out university students as well or you’re stressed out by work, or family, or just life in general. In order to combat this, I turn to some of my favorite quotes to give me some reassurance that I will make it through all of this. I haven’t posted about quotes in a while so I am going to share with you more of my favorite ones. Please enjoy.

“May the space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me.” – Anonymous

“Words are the antidote for everything that’s ever hurt, ever stopped, ever bruised my heart.” – Noor Unnahar

“The courage it took to get out of bed each morning to face the same things over and over again was enormous.” – Charles Bukowski

“In all you do, absolutely everything, may love be the core, may love be the essence.” – Christopher Poindexter

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood

“You’re feeling burnt out and discouraged, but you’ve made it this far and I think that’s really brave.” – Anonymous

“Strange as it may seem, I hope for the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely it arrives, and when it does it can be lost so easily.” – Lemony Snicket

“I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain.” – Sylvia Plath

“Let me be that I am and seek no to alter me.” – William Shakespeare

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce

“In the world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself.” – Anonymous

I hope you enjoyed these quotes. I would love to hear some of your favorite inspirational quotes so leave them in the comments. Share your inspiration with everyone who may need it.

 

Ten Book Related Songs Tag

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve been busy and also I haven’t really read anything new but I hope to post something new. I saw this tag on Julie Davide’s blog so make sure to check out her site. Now, I will share with you my favorite songs based on books with links if you want to listen to them as well.

“Over the Love” By Florence and the Machine from The Great Gatsby (dir. Baz Luhrmann)

While Lana Del Rey’s song “Young and Beautiful” is a really beautiful song, this one is also a really poignant song. I absolutely love Florence and the Machine as well. The Great Gatsby is also one of my favorite books.

“I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran from The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (dir. Peter Jackson)

I am a huge Ed Sheeran fan so I was really geeked when he did a song for the album for the movie adaptation for The Hobbit. 

“As You Wish” by Alesana based on The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The movie adaptation of The Princess Bride is easily one of the most iconic movies. Any fan of the book or the movie will appreciate this duet. Alesana also has done other literary themed songs that are based off of Dante’s Inferno and Edgar Allan Poe’s stories so I definitely recommend look at their other music.

“Oxford Comma” by Vampire Weekend from the album “Vampire Weekend”

I think you writers and grammar nerds will get a kick out of this song. The chorus is pretty hilarious as it begins out with the honest line, “Who gives a fuck about the Oxford comma?”

“White Blank Page” by Mumford and Sons from the album Sigh No More 

I don’t know about the rest of you but I really loved Mumford and Sons when they first came out with their banjo-infused sound. This one is particularly angst-filled and I think it works well for writers, who are a melodramatic bunch. (Bonus points for me because I happened to find a video of them performing this song in a bookstore).

“The Writer” by Ellie Goulding from the album Lights

I know that this one is a cover of another song but I love Ellie Goulding’s take on it. It’s a very whimsical and romantic song. We could all use a little bit of whimsy and romance on occasion.

“Shakespeare” by Fink from the album Hard Believer

This is another good angst-ridden song about struggling to learn Shakespeare as a teenager and just getting nothing from it. As a teen, I could have cared less for Romeo and Juliet.

“Paperback Writer” by The Beatles from the album 1

Let’s get classic with some of The Beatles. This one of my favorite songs and I hope you like it as well.

“Annabel Lee” By Stevie Nicks from the album In Your Dreams

Stevie Nicks took Poe’s poem, “Annabel Lee” and turned it into an awesome acoustic song with a bit of a 1970s vibe. It’s really fantastic.

“Yellow Flicker Beat” by Lorde from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 (dir. Francis Lawrence)

All of the albums that came out for the movie adaptations of The Hunger Games series were really good but I love this one in particular because it’s just so damn empowering. (Also I just really love Lorde).

Those are ten of my favorite bookish songs. I hope the links work well. Also, let me know if you would like another top ten list like this. I love sharing my favorite music as well as my favorite books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wonder Woman Book Tag

Hello all! I may have not mentioned this but I’m a big fan of superheroes. I’ve been in love with Marvel since the first Iron Man movie and I watch all of the CW superhero shows like Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl. I also have a pretty decently comic book collection that I’d be happy to share with you if you’re interested. In honor of Wonder Woman, I’m going to do this tag that I found on the Coffeeloving Bookoholic‘s blog.

Wonder Woman: Your Favorite Badass Female Book Character 

I’m going to name a few here. Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen, Annabeth Chase (The Percy Jackson Series), Isabelle Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments), Tally Youngblood (The Uglies Series), Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief), and Tris Prior (The Divergent Series)

wonder woman

Themiscyra: A Book Setting You Want to Escape to 

Hogwarts (obviously) and Kings Landing would be pretty awesome. I’d also like to spend some time in Camp Half-Blood

wonder woman 2

London: An Overhyped Book that let You Down

I was disappointed that I didn’t care for The Clockwork Angel series and I also didn’t care for The Catcher in the Rye. 

wonder woman 3

Steve Trevor: A Book with a Beautiful Cover and Great Story

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller has a gorgeous cover with a gold-leaf helmet on the front and the story is fantastic. (Bonus points for being a Greek Mythology based story). Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also has a lovely cover. The Great Gatsby has classically beautiful cover as well.

steve trevor

Lasso of Truth: A Book You Hated 

Real talk: I hated The Circle by Dave Eggers, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyers, and Anthem by Ayn Rand

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Wonder Woman’s Shield: A Book So Sad You Needed a Shield 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

wonder woman shield

No-Man’s Land: A Book you wanted to send through No-Man’s Land to get shot

See the Lasso of Truth tag above.

no man's land

Ares: A Villain that is Scary, but You can’t seem to Hate

Voldemort is kind of a badass along with the whole crew of Death Eaters. Hannibal Lecter is also a great horror villain. Bonus: Professor Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes series.

ares

Dr. Poison: A Villain that had no reason to exist

I honestly can’t think of any. Even if the villain wasn’t very great, they still had a purpose.

diana and steve

The Amazons: A Book that You wish has better LGBTQIA+ representation

I mean, a lot of books can fit under this category so I can’t name any one in particular. There is no doubt in my mind, though, that there needs to be more representation.

amazons

That’s the end of the tag. I tag everyone who is a fan of Wonder Woman or superheroes in general. Have fun!

 

Book Tropes I Absolutely Hate Pt. 2

I’m technically supposed to be studying right now, but in order to stop myself from freaking out, I decided to rant a bit more about book tropes that I’m tired of seeing. Side note: Is it weird that I stop myself from studying out of fear that I’m “over studying?” Does anyone else do that? Anyways, back to my rant, I’m going to share a few more tropes I can’t stand and I would love to hear your feedback.

Overly-Possessive Relationships – This trope tends to pop up more in the fantasy genre more often but this fictional couple just needs each other. They can’t be apart from each other for whatever nonsense reason that the author gives them. Jealousy may be a natural part of a relationship but it turns into abuse when taken to the extremes. We shouldn’t be seeing relationships bound together with too much love. Examples of this are Bella and Edward from Twilight, Catherine and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, and Ana and Christian from Fifty Shades of Grey. 

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The Snark Master – Listen, I’m a very sarcastic person and I love sarcastic characters but their personality can’t be solely that they are the sarcastic one. I want to see character traits outside of quips and one liners. It’s the worst when this character cracks jokes even during dire moments. At a certain point, it even gets cringey so please use sarcasm respectfully.

annoyed

Overly Metaphorical – Metaphors can make your book or break your book. We’ve all seen the memes from The Fault in Our Stars about the cigarette as a metaphor. You know, that’s fine but what I hate is when a writer tries to shoehorn in as many metaphors as they can. Most books are set around one over-arcing metaphor or have several running metaphors throughout but it’s just bad writing if every other person, object, or situation is a metaphor of some kind.

hades

A Whole Lot of Exposition – World building is a wonderful thing for writers. In fact, I admire writers who create entire fantasy worlds. But, what I don’t like is when a novel has to stop to give you a history lesson about the world. You can weave in the backstories without taking away from the ongoing narrative.

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The Awkward Virgin – This character knows nothing about sex. Their parents never gave them the “birds and the bees” talk. They must have slept through high school sex ed or even just biology because they are just so shocked by any sort intimacy. Female characters like this are typically supposed to be “cute” because of this while male characters like this are laughed at. How about we don’t shame people for being virgins as much as we shouldn’t shame them for being sexually active?

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Hip with the Kids – I may be only 21 but I struggle with learning the newest slang. Adults authors may feel the same way and you shouldn’t use modern slang if you don’t know what it means. Urban Dictionary is a great reference, honestly. If you want to write convincing teen characters, don’t try too hard. Teenagers aren’t completely stupid or self-centered and they don”t speak a different language.

angry drake

The Wimp – This character is the complete opposite of “The Punching Bag” that I mentioned in my other book trope rant. A cold breeze blows and this character is all of a sudden in a coma, or something. This character is taken down with one hit and is somehow saved by the other characters. We don’t all have to be good fighters but don’t make your character completely useless if you’re going to put them in a combat situation.

sherlock angry

The Romantic Weakness – This character is written as strong and stoic until their true love rolls around. Then, just like magic, this character melts into some kind of romantic mess from a completely different story. This sudden personality shift is so lame and takes the reader out of the moment.

sheldon angry

I realize that this is more of a writing ranting as opposed to a book trope rant but I still hope some of you share my thoughts and feelings. I’ll link you to my previous book trope rant. I would love to hear some of your most hated book tropes. Maybe we can even make this into a tag. Book Tropes I Absolutely Hate

 

The Guilty Reader Book Tag

I found this one on Books Are Only The Beginning so check out her blog. I’m a little under the weather right now so I have some time to blog a bit more. Hopefully, I’ll feel better soon and I can get you a review of Turtles All The Way Down, which should be arriving via Amazon today. In the meanwhile, let me tell you about all of the things I’ve been guilty of as a book lover.

Q: Have you ever re-gifted a book that you have been given?

A: I know I’ve gotten book that were re-gifted but I don’t think I’ve ever re-gifted a book. I might have given someone a book and told them it was a re-gift because I figured that they would like it more than me.

Q: Have you ever said you’ve read a book that you haven’t?

A: I have lied about reading The Diary of Anne Frank and Dante’s Inferno. I’ve lied about finishing plenty of books but I at least tried to read them and then just skipped to the ending after getting bored and/or frustrated.

Q: Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

A: I have this book that I got as a kid titled The Other Emily about a girl named Emily who thinks her name is so unique until she meets another girl named Emily. I liked finding a book with my name in it so I just kind of kept it. No one said anything.

Q: Have you ever read a series out of order?

A: I accidentally read The Vampire Diaries out of order because the books don’t have numbers or editions on them so I had to guess to figure out if I was reading the correct one. Also, there are a few “non-series” that I read out of order. By “non-series,” I mean that the books all feature the same character or something like that but the stories aren’t directly connected by the events of the previous stories. A lot of detective novels work this way.

Q: Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

A: Kids in grade school would ask me to spoil the books for them because I always read ahead and they didn’t want to read. I actually got in trouble for that once. Also, I’m pretty sure I spoiled one of the Harry Potter book for someone.

Q: Have you ever dog-eared a book?

A: No, because I’m not a monster who was raised by rabid raccoons.

Q: Have you ever told someone you didn’t own a book when you do?

A: I was hesitant to tell people I had the Twilight books. I’ve since given them to Good Will.

Q: Have you ever told someone you didn’t read a book when you did?

A: I haven’t read anything that I would be particularly embarrassed about. We all go through phases. I’ll admit I took part in the vampire craze.

Q: Have you ever skipped a section or part or chapter of a book?

A: I just finished North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell and I kind of skipped through the rest of that for the sake of time. I reviewed The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and ended up skipping chunks of the book in order to finish it.

Q: Have you ever bad-mouthed a book that you liked?

A: I’m not afraid to admit that my favorite books have flaws but I’ve never just completely ranted against a book I liked.

That’s the end of the tag. I can’t wait to here your responses. Let’s all be guilty little bookworms together.